MapHook recently teamed up with Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS), a wireless network benchmarking firm, to create a cool map showing the results of their “mobile coverage” tests on commuter trains in and around jolly old London, England. Their focus was testing the 10 most popular daily commuter train routes into London.
Tickets please! GWS engineers conducted their testing over a period of two weeks by riding to and fro on the commuter trains – taking measurements, attempting voice calls, testing data speeds, popping Smarties, etc. The idea was to determine how bad or good the coverage and how slow or fast the connectivity including where on the route, why, and by whom (operator performance)!
Call failures, blocks, signal strength, data connectivity – all sorts of data was collected, formulated and studied. And all the big UK operators were tested including 3, EE, O2 and Vodafone. Once GWS’s engineers finished their analysis, they provided MapHook with the results and we got to work doing what we do best, MAPPING!
Our interactive map shows the best mobile operators and how they performed for voice, 3G data and 4G data on their mobile networks. London commuters you are not crazy – GWS’s results show where your calls and data connections drop and why!
Fun Facts from GWS’s Tests: 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks and 1 in 7 voice calls attempted on the commuter train routes failed during testing. Want to see more – click here to see a summary of GWS’s findings – these guys were busy!
Incredible Coverage: From the media that is — sorry commuters not so much on the train routes. BBC, Wired, The Times, The Telegraph, Huffington Post and many others showed a lot of interest in GWS’s test results and included our map in their coverage! If you have some time – go to GWS’s website and check out all the articles.